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postpone

[ pohst-pohn, pohs- ]
/ poʊstˈpoʊn, poʊs- /
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verb (used with object), post·poned, post·pon·ing.

to put off to a later time; defer: He has postponed his departure until tomorrow.
to place after in order of importance or estimation; subordinate: to postpone private ambitions to the public welfare.

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Origin of postpone

1490–1500; <Latin postpōnere to put after, lay aside, equivalent to post-post- + pōnere to put

synonym study for postpone

1. See defer1.

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British Dictionary definitions for postpone

postpone
/ (pəʊstˈpəʊn, pəˈspəʊn) /

verb (tr)

to put off or delay until a future time
to put behind in order of importance; defer

Derived forms of postpone

postponable, adjectivepostponement, nounpostponer, noun

Word Origin for postpone

C16: from Latin postpōnere to put after, neglect, from post- + ponere to place
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